Patterson Houses get failing grade from HUD
The Patterson Houses in Mott Haven have received the lowest grade of all public housing projects in the city.
The NYCHA complex has previously made headlines for rat infestations, major drug-related arrests and having its mailboxes stolen and turned into trash cans. But despite the project's troubled past, residents say the low score surprised them.
"It can be better," one resident tells News 12. "The people are trying. The police are trying. And it takes a little time."
The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development has graded the complex a 33 -- the lowest score when it comes to safety, sanitation and maintenance conditions.
Just 10 percent of NYCHA properties scored lower than a 60. On the other side of the spectrum, 9 percent scored 90 or above.